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Bomb tech, Staff Sgt Eric Trueblood, from Alameda is killed in Afghanistan

Henry K Lee SF Gate March 11, 2011

Staff Sgt. Eric Trueblood of Alameda downplayed the dangers of being an Army explosives technician, telling his parents that had received the best training in the world after graduating at the top of his class at a military bomb-disposal school.

Trueblood, 27, died Thursday in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, after enemy forces set off an improvised explosive device, the Defense Department said.

He is fourth U.S. explosive ordnance disposal technician to die in a week and the second from the Bay Area. Last Saturday, Army Staff Sgt. Mark Wells, 31, of San Jose was killed when he stepped on a hidden bomb.

Preliminary reports indicated that Trueblood, who enlisted in the Army eight years ago, and other soldiers were walking toward a device that had exploded when a second hidden bomb went off, killing him, said his mother, Linda Trueblood of Mountain View.

Trueblood didn’t want his family to worry, said his father, Don Trueblood of Walnut Creek. Their concerns were alleviated somewhat by the fact that he had graduated at the top of his class three years ago from the Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal School at Eglin Air Force Base.

March 11, 2011 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Improvised Explosive Devices | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. trueblood you will be missed dearley last time i saw you we were mechanics together at ft irwin and even tho i havent talked to you in a while or seen you eric you were still a friend and a brother you will be missed my friend R I P

    Comment by shane harrell | March 13, 2011 | Reply


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